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I bet we all wish we’d invested in Zoom and similar online video conferencing platforms right about now. Those who bought stock in such companies are sitting pretty at this point. But I bet you even those who have stakes in the company don’t even know how to have a perfect Zoom call. Nobody does! We aren’t used to this way of communicating. Going into an office creates a nice separation between our personal and professional lives. And now, suddenly, just like that, we need to make corners of our homes conference-ready as many of us work from home and are expected to let a camera and microphone go live in our personal space. Yikes. If we live with another person then double yikes and if we live with several people, then multiple the yikes by the number of humans who may walk through the background naked at any point.
One thing is for certain: the social hierarchy of the workplace is being turned on its head. It doesn’t matter how high-up or respected someone is. The moment they accidentally reveal the collection of porcelain dolls in their room, everything changes. And those types of things are happening every day now. Here are some of the most embarrassing Zoom fails of late.
Person using toilet
This poor woman forgot to turn off her camera while she brought the laptop into the bathroom and, uh, answered nature’s call while on a Zoom call. Her colleagues tried to remain politely quiet as long as they could, but finally gave up.